This is not a surprise to anyone who doesn’t have their head up their ass:
A special investigation has determined that the Navy violated its own policy by keeping WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning on extended suicide watch.
Indeed, the commander of the Marine base chose to ignore psychiatrists who concluded Manning posed no threat to himself.
Navy violated own policy over WikiLeaks suspect”On two occasions … a medical officer determined suicide risk status was no longer warranted and the brig staff did not immediately take PFC Manning off the suicide risk status,” Chief Warrant Officer-5 Abel Galaviz wrote in a recent report obtained by Politico.
“Once the medical officer’s evaluation was provided to brig staff, steps should have been taken to immediately remove him from suicide risk, to a status below that.”
Manning – a junior Army intelligence analyst – was arrested in May 2010 for allegedly aiding the enemy and leaking classified/unclassified files from military computer networks.
While on suicide watch, Manning was routinely ordered to strip and put on a “suicide proof” smock before going to sleep.
Manning’s treatment prompted then-State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley to criticize the military, calling the policy “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid.”
It was patently obvious to anyone that what they were doing to Manning was to both punish him and attempt to break him- not to keep him safe, as many armchair commandos and internet tough guys in the comments here and elsewhere asserted. They were psychologically abusing him. Even THEY admit it now.
This was crazy to watch- it was obvious that what was going on was that his jailers were fucking with him and doing this to punish and damage him psychologically, but liberals who would have blown a gasket if this happened during the Bush years decided it was more important that Jane Hamsher is an asshole and Glenn Greenwald is long-winded than to admit what was going on. And then there are just the garden variety sociopaths who masquerade as liberals who think they look tough and cool by saying stupid shit like “You betray the country you deserve what you get.”